The Domestic Life of Ghosts

By Tom Clark b. 1941 Tom Clark
Whoso list to haunt could do worse than to
Obtain the license, get the picture.
Spook finders must find spooks to put the face,
Name and space coordinates together.
What is kept in the mind perimeter
Retains a wild autonomy through fate.

I will retreat to the precorporate.
Let fate have what is fate’s and allow
This spirit to slip through time’s difficult
Nets with the devious fingers of
A wild wind, while I run along behind.

Tom Clark, “The Domestic Life of Ghosts” from Light and Shade: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2006 by Tom Clark. Used with the permission
of Coffee House Press,

Source: Sleepwalker�s Fate: New and Selected Poems (1992)

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Poet Tom Clark b. 1941


SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Subjects Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

 Tom  Clark


Tom Clark has combined the diverse roles of poet, biographer, novelist, dramatist, reviewer, and sportswriter during his writing career. In addition to dozens of books of poetry, a play, two novels, two story collections, and numerous biographies of literary figures, Clark's works include a book co-written with star baseball pitcher Mark Fidrych, poems about such sports legends as Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue and Bert Campaneris, . . .

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SUBJECT Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural


SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

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